A delegation of legislators of Congress party from Manipur on Wednesday called on with President of India, Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi demanding to disqualify 12 MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by the BJP-led coalition government.
The opposition Congress party has been campaigning for disqualification of 12 MLAs of the ruling parties after the High Court of Manipur declared unconstitutional the Act which they were appointed as parliamentary secretaries.
The verdict of the High Court of Manipur passed on September 17, 2020, declared the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018 as unconstitutional. Following the verdict of the court, the opposition Congress approached the Manipur Governor seeking the disqualification of 12 MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries for enjoying office of profit from 2017 onwards. Failure on the part of the state Governor to give a reply to the Congress’ demand for a long time and her alleged refusal to meet with the Congress legislators who sought appointments on several occasions, the Congress delegation met with the President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Wednesday.
The Congress delegation consisted of the AICC (in-charge of Manipur) Bhakta Charan Das, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Govindas Konthoujam, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Gaikhangam and others.
During the meeting the Congress delegation submitted a memorandum to the President of India seeking his intervention to the long pending issue of the appointment of parliamentary secretaries that linked the ‘office of profit’ case in the backdrop of failure on the part of the state Governor to act according to law.
The President assured to take up all necessary steps as per law, MPCC president Govindas Konthoujam claimed in a video footage released by MPCC to local media houses on Wednesday.
In the footage, Konthoujam said that during the meeting the delegates tabled a detailed account of unlawful activities committed by the BJP-led coalition government in the state.
While alleging the Governor of failing to discharge her obligatory Constitutional duty, the Congress delegation requested the President to recall her.
Govindas alleged the Election Commission of India was learnt to have given its opinion on the issue to the Governor in January. However, the Governor is yet to communicate the decision she had taken on the advice of the ECI.
“We have been seeking an appointment with her (Governor) for the past two months. She has not given us an appointment to meet her,” he added.